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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).
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Hanch(e, Hainche, n. Also: haunche; hench, heance. [ME. hanche, haunche (a 1225), OF. hanche. The (b) forms correspond to the mod. dial. hainch, hench. Also Hench(e.] The haunch.(a) a1500 Henr. II. 264/187 (B).
Hurt in the hanch, and crukit
Id. Test. Cress. 187.
On his hanche ane roustie fell fachioun
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 181.
Thy hanchis hirklis, with hukebanis harth and haw
1531 Bell. Boece I. p. xxxvii.
Infirmiteis … in the hanchis or lethis of men and wemen
1535 Stewart 215.
With corpolent corce and … hanchis braid
1570 Sat. P. x. 18.
Ane woundit man … schot throw pudding & panche, Abone the nauil, and out abone the hanche
1595 Duncan App. Etym.
Lumbus, the lonȝie or hanche
(b) a1570-86 Dunb. Maitl. F. xii. 55.
Ane pyk-thank … With hoppir hippis and henches narrow
1574 Calderwood III. 327.
A heavie stone … which, howbeit some lift to their knee, some to their hainche, yea, some to their shoulder, [etc.]
1596 Dalr. II. 81/6.
King James … strukne in the hench or he was war
1662 Crim. Trials III. 609.
For the bean-shaw, or pain in the heance

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